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Château de Chambord

Château de Chambord

le Chateau, Chambord, France

The Basics

Commissioned as a royal retreat, the vast Château de Chambord has few rivals in pomp or architecture. Designed primarily by Domenico da Cortona, its roof features ornamental, asymmetrical designs; its towers lack turrets; and its double-helix staircase may originate from Leonardo da Vinci. Venture inside to see it all and visit kitchens, bedchambers, and other grand rooms. The palace sits on sprawing, 13,000-acre (5,260-hectare) grounds with walking trails and one of Europe's largest enclosed nature reserves.

The Château de Chambord is a highlight of any Loire Valley tour, and it features on multi-palace day trips from Paris, as well as private tours. You can also book skip-the-line tickets in advance of your visit to make logistics seamless. Explore the grounds on foot, by bike, horse-drawn carriage, or vehicle, depending on your preferences.

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Loire Valley Day Trip withChenonceau, Clos Luce and Chambord Castles from Paris
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Loire Valley Day Trip withChenonceau, Clos Luce and Chambord Castles from Paris
$207.86 per adult
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Castles were Amazing.
This was one of our favorite trips. We had a French guide, and she was exceptional. She knew so much about the history and castles, we enjoyed each of the castles. It is some walking and stairs, but some of the persons in our group that struggled were able to sit and enjoy the gardens. This was a wonderful trip, it is expensive, but the price includes entrance fees and a tour guide inside the castle.
Jose_C, Aug 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Loire Valley

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Lovely tour, excellent guide!
sameyck, Oct 2019
Loire Valley Day Tour : Chambord, Chenonceau and a Family-Owned Chateau
This tour is great for anyone who doesn't have their own transportation while in the area. Our guide for the day was Lara and she was lovely and very knowledgeable about everything we saw. Even though it was a rainy day we had a great time and were thankful for the thoughtful little touches Lara brought to our day, including the umbrellas! Thank-you again Lara, we had a wonderful time.
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Great day
Peter N, Sep 2019
Loire Valley Day Tour : Chambord, Chenonceau and a Family-Owned Chateau
Everythung was perfect about the day and the guide. We did feel a bit cramped though....four couples is a bit more than the van needs. But well worth it. Daphne is a fun, high energy guide!
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Best tour in quite a long time
Cheryl K, Jul 2019
Loire Valley Day Tour : Chambord, Chenonceau and a Family-Owned Chateau
The small group tour is definitely the way to go if you’re interested in a quality tour. Our guide was extremely personable, knowledgeable and was able to navigate the large summer tourist crowds quite well. The tour included a stop at a small chateau for a fabulous French lunch—Pate, quiche, salad, cheese and dessert as well as wine The total group only numbered five so there was a lot of interaction. A very special day—am so glad I had reserved the small group tour with lunch!
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Chambord and Chenonceau
Margaret_G, Jul 2018
Loire Valley Day Tour : Chambord, Chenonceau and a Family-Owned Chateau
We had a wonderful time! Vincent was a marvelous guide, the small group tour was informative and fun, and lunch at the private chateau was fabulous! Highly recommend.
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Great day in the Chateaux!!
PEDRO_A, Sep 2019
Loire Valley Day Tour : Chambord, Chenonceau and a Family-Owned Chateau
We found this tour on internet and we chose it because it was a small group tour. We were 5 person in the group. We’ve been picked up in Amboise a little late, but they give us the corresponding apologies (2 person never arrived at Tours). After 15 minutes driving we get to the Beautiful Château de Chenonceau. Then we have lunch in a private Château in Villesavin. The owner cooked for us an amazing french lunch!! Then we go to the stunning chateau De Chambord. After we leave, we take a petit picnic in the area. Agate was our Guide, and she was incredible!! She made the visit memorable and take care of everything that we needed. We totally recommend this trip.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • For a taste of what royal château life was like, taste Chambord liqueur—said to be modeled on a spirit drunk at the castle by Louis XIV.

  • Extend your visit with a stay at Relais de Chambord, a new hotel next to the castle.

  • If you visit in winter, bundle up—the castle is chilly.

  • HistoPad tablets, which include maps and augmented reality features, are available to visitors for an additional fee.

  • In summer, electric boats in the moat are available to rent.

  • Only select areas of the palace and grounds are accessible to wheelchair users, and admission is free for visitors with disabilities.

  • Food options are hosted on site, including a cafe and several casual, open-air food trucks and kiosks; you can also bring a picnic.

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How to Get There

Château de Chambord is located in the heart of the Loire Valley, roughly two hours south of Paris by car for a 110-mile (178-kilometer) trip—take the A10. The nearest train station to the castle is Gare de Blois-Chambord; taxis and shuttles connect visitors to the castle. Shuttles from Paris and guided day trips make logistics seamless.

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When to Get There

The Château de Chambord is open daily from morning until evening, with extended summer hours. The castle is closed annually on January 1, November 30, and December 25.

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Annual Events at the Château de Chambord

No matter when you visit, there’s something to discover at Château de Chambord. Come from April to September to see an open-air horse and bird-of-prey show that brings the Renaissance to life. Visit in June and July to experience the annual Chambord Festival, a series of open-air concerts. Or stop by in December to see the castle done up in lights and festive attire.

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